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    September 20, 2012
    5:30 - 6:00pm PDT  

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>> we'll see you again at 6:00. thanks for watching. tonight on "world news," under fire. the president and secretary clinton facing tough questions today about the death of the u.s. ambassador and three other americans in libya. could they have been protected from the deadly attack? runway rumble. a fight between two flight attendants broadcast on the passenger intercom. it delays an american airlines jet for hours. sky high. the woman with a fear of heights trapped like this for four hours, 300 feet up. how did her husband come to the rescue? and robin's journey. a big day for our robin roberts. as she gets her bone marrow transplant and sends a message from a room filled with prayer.
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good evening. we begin with the president, fending off heated questions tonight about the death of the u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans who served in libya. both the president and the secretary of state, hillary clinton, were pressed to answer whether this could have been prevented. and abc's jon karl starts us off tonight. >> reporter: it was the very first question for president obama at a univision forum in miami today. why wasn't there more security at the u.s. consulate in libya? he didn't directly answer. >> when the initial events happened in cairo and all across the region, we worked with secretary clinton to redouble our security. our goal now is not only to make sure that our embassies and our diplomats are safe, but also to make sure we bring those who carried out these events to justice. >> reporter: the white house today for the first time called the assault on the consulate a terrorist attack. but there are mounting questions
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about how it all happened. >> was there actionable intelligence prior to this attack? and if there was not, why not? >> reporter: the administration has suggested there was no advance warning because the attack was a spontaneous reaction to the anti-muslim video that sparked protests in egypt last week. >> this was a spontaneous, not a premeditated, response to what had transpired in cairo. >> reporter: republicans say that's just not right. >> showed what happened in b benghazi was not an anti-american protest. it was not as a result of a youtube video. it was an orchestrated anti-american terrorist attack. >> it shows the level, the abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >> reporter: a top intelligence official told congress yesterday that al qaeda likely did play a role, regardless of whether it was a pre-planned or spontaneous attack. >> we're still developing facts and still looking for any
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indications of substantial advance planning. we just haven't seen that at this point. >> reporter: meanwhile, in tripoli today, at a memorial for the four americans killed, libya's president paid tribute to ambassador chris stevens as a friend of the libyan people. there were reports today that ambassador stevens believed that he was on a terrorist hit list. but secretary clinton and other u.s. officials said today they have absolutely no reason to believe that that is true. diane? >> thank you so much, jon. and as you just said, the president faced tough questions today from our partners at univision. and not only on libya. his town meeting came just 24 hours after governor mitt romney appeared making his case. two men, one stage, 47 days to go until your voice, your vote. and abc's chief white house correspondent jake tapper tells us now what happened in that room. >> reporter: president obama seized the opportunity to slam mitt romney for that hidden camera tape in which the republican derided the 47% of
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the country who don't pay federal income taxes as government dependent obama-loving victims. >> when you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that some how they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is, maybe you haven't gotten around a lot. >> reporter: romney himself had attempted to walk back those remarks when he spoke at the univision forum. >> my campaign is about the 100% in america, and i'm concerned about them. >> reporter: but the president today was repeatedly pressed on his 2008 pledge to push for immigration reform within the first year of his presidency. >> we will have, in the first year, an immigration bill that i strongly support and that i'm promoting. >> a promise is a promise. and with all due respect, you didn't keep that promise. >> reporter: the president blamed republicans for refusing to work with him. >> there's the thinking that the president is somebody who is all powerful and can get everything done. we have to have cooperation from
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all these sources in order to get something done. >> reporter: the president has been feverishly focused on winning latino voters, in spanish language ads about supreme court justice sonia sotomayor. even appearing on a local miami radio station with a cuban-american radio d.j. who calls himself the pimp with the limp. >> my cuban-born parents. >> reporter: the president made this comment when discussing the most important lesson he what learned. >> you can't change washington from the inside. you can only change it from the outside. that's how i got elected. >> reporter: the president was discussing the need to mobilize popular support to force congress to act, but to romney, it was an indictment. >> the president today threw in the white flag of surrender again. he said he can't change washington from inside. he can only change it from outside. well, we're going to give him that chance in november. he's going outside. >> reporter: that's mitt romney campaigning in sarasota. romney has kept a rather light public schedule, his campaign says he's been preparing for the
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upcoming debates. when a reporter this afternoon asked romney if he was going to be increasing his public events, romney brushed off the question, laugh and pointed out to the reporter a particularly beautiful cloud in the florida sky. diane? >> well, so there is, behind you tonight. jake, thank you. and we want everyone to know you can watch tonight's full "meet the candidate" event with president obama at 10:00 p.m. eastern, on univision in spanish or in english on univision's facebook page. and, before we move on, something we spotted in the nation's capital today, kind of lifts your spirits, your hopes. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle put aside their differences and came together for the symbolism of hammering the first nails in what will become the stage where the new president, whoever he is, takes the oath of office on january 21st, 2013. a snapshot that will join those other iconic images, america's presidents, hand on the bible, a beginning on inauguration day.
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and now, to this day of troubles for american airlines. it has been plagued with delays and hundreds of cancellations, amid a labor dispute. there are even reports that a lot of pilots are calling in sick and add to that, a strange incident. two flight attendants began arguing and took it to the intercom. abc's senior national correspondent jim avila has the story. >> reporter: at new york airports, more american airlines delays today. but nothing like the four hours passengers suffered through when two flight attendants, reportedly argued about a cell phone. one, taking to the p.a. and ordering all cell phones off, saying, according to reports, "including the other flight attendant." the dispute forced the captain to turn back from the jfk runway and change crews. today, american's fight is all labor related, delaying nearly 40% of the bankrupt airline's flights. most forced late or even canceled by an unprecedented and
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very significant increase in maintenance issues. abc news correspondent martha raddatz experienced the problem firsthand. >> we go out to the runway to take off and the pilot comes on and says, "sorry, we have a mechanical problem." >> reporter: abc news has learned the faa is concerned enough to have stepped up scrutiny of american during its bankruptcy. so far, no indication safety has been compromised, but federal monitors are making more ramp checks and flyalongs with pilots to make sure. today's flights were punctual only 64% of the time. normal for september is 82%. american blames pilots, who they say are calling in sick 20% more than normal and over-reporting maintenance issues, leading to 547 delays today, compared to 100 on a normal day. the pilots union says there is no sanctioned work action under way. >> my advice is, until things get straightened out with the operation, if you have a choice, you ought to book another airline.
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>> reporter: the question for american is, even if it survives bankruptcy, can it survive fighting crews and the damaged customer confidence left behind? jim avila, abc news, washington. there were some encouraging signs today on the u.s. economy. early indicators that the worst might finally be over? new census numbers show more americans moving into new homes, and fewer young people living with their parents. and, also tonight, a big new sign of a made in america comeback. more jobs on the way, possibly 5 million of them? abc's sharyn alfonsi, co-captain of our made in america team, tells us what kind of jobs and where. >> reporter: look closely. right there, underneath elton john. that floor. and this floor at the opening ceremonies in london. both made right here in the u.s. so you're watching the opening ceremonies, are you going, "that's my floor!" >> absolutely. you know, i could see the floor. i know they put stuff on top of it, but i could always see where
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the floor was. it was exciting. >> reporter: we met the workers behind those floors today. so, this is a dance floor? >> this is a dance floor. >> reporter: a few years ago, they had $10 million in annual sales, selling only in the u.s. today, $70 million. and half of their customers now are overseas. >> everybody is always amazed we ship products to china, because everybody thinks -- >> reporter: it's only going that way. >> only going one way. but we actually ship products back to china. >> reporter: and they're quadrupled their workforce. their comeback among those behind this -- economists had estimated up to 3 million jobs in the next few years. today, they revised it to 5 million. so, what's changed? well, for the first time since the 1930s, u.s. manufacturers now have an advantage in exports. tipping the scales, u.s. labor, the most productive workers in the world, making us 20% to 45% cheaper than foreign competitors. new technologies unlocking energy reserves, pushing down energy costs. and shipping from our ports is cheaper. >> the container ships are
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coming to the u.s. full. those containers have to go back anyway and the shipping companies don't charge them that much more. so, what we have is the ability to ship out of the u.s. at very, very low shipping costs. >> reporter: we heard from so many american companies who say they can now compete globally. >> hi, sharyn, i'm mike. >> and i'm kim. >> reporter: ribbedtee business is up 600%. and at hurd windows and doors, they've found new customers overseas too. >> this example here is going to china. these over here are going to canada. >> reporter: and then there's calibowl. >> designed in california. >> made in the usa. >> and on the way korea. >> reporter: and good news at this oklahoma mattress factory, too. >> we're hiring! >> reporter: huge comeback driven by three little words -- >> made in america! >> reporter: and economists say all of this could drive down unemployment by 2% or 3% by the end of the decade. but of course, if you are tied to the global economy, you could also be affected by it. so, these companies are watching very closely to see what happens
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in europe and china. in the meantime, diane, all five of the companies we spoke to today said they're hiring. good bit of news. >> sure like that news. and made in america is going to be back next week and we're going to go through another house, take a look at what's inside? and we have a big surprise for everybody, so, tune in next week. thank you, sharyn, again. and still ahead right here on "world news," this was a big day for our friend, robin roberts. her bone marrow transplant. the next step on her journey. we'll tell you about that and her gratitude for your prayers, pouring in. remember when you said men are superior drivers? yeah. yeah. then how'd i get this... [ voice of dennis ] ...allstate safe driving bonus check? what is that? so weird, right? my agent, tom, said... [ voice of dennis ] ...only allstate sends you a bonus check for every six months you're accident-free...
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i feel the love and i thank you for it. thank you. >> reporter: ready today, after 11 days in the hospital, preparing for her bone marrow transplant. her doctor, dr. gail roboz, telling george and her "gma" family this morning, how the woman who looked so radiant to us was preparing her immune system for this moment. >> we're going to put the new bone marrow cells, this is the beginning of the rebuilding phase. we've been in the kind of tearing down phase, getting everything ready to accept the new cells. >> reporter: in these last eight days, intense chemotherapy. and even someone as strong as robin felt it. >> she's a powerhouse, but she feels crummy. it's hard to get up and even move around in the room. this is somebody who is used to 50-hour days. >> reporter: the doctors supervise how a small group will come into the room. and then, her transplant doctor,
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dr. sergio giralt, enters with the trant plant cells from robin's sister, sally ann, and a joke. >> what part of not a big crowd did we not understand? >> reporter: surrounded by sally ann, her sister, dorothy, and friends, before it begins, the room goes quiet. and sally ann makes robin smile with an old song about getting this job done. ♪ filled with lumber ♪ cole and hay ♪ she's a good old worker and a good old pal ♪ ♪ 15 years on the erie canal >> reporter: then her pastor leads all of us in prayer. >> so, right now, we bless this moment. >> reporter: and so on this morning, september 20th, 2012, this new birthday for robin. her father and mother are looking down, watching over her. her brother, her sisters, her beloved family at "good morning
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america." and all of us at abc, linking arms around her, as you, at home, watch and join this cathedral of prayer. and as a song she loves says, there ain't no mountain high enough to keep her from you. ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ nothing can keep me ♪ keep me from you >> and i want to bring in abc's chief medical editor dr. richard besser who has watched over her, so amazingly, rich. you know, a number of people have come up and said, "a transplant, that must mean surgery, how long will the surgery be?" >> reporter: right. that's the question i get all the time, how long is the operation? and it's really incredibly miraculous. to get a bone marrow transplant, all it is, in less than ten minutes, dr. sergio giralt injected bone marrow cells, millions of them, into her body.
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through a vein. and they just go in, they set up shop and they do their incredible work. >> and i know that she wants everyone out there to know that you can donate, you can donate, you can join the registry and save so many lives. >> reporter: there has been such an outpouring. about 7,000 people have one of these every year. thousands still waiting. but in response to robin's call, tens of thousands of people who hadn't thought about it have signed up. and, you know, in her honor, the more people who do that, the easier it will be for her. >> and we've been saying to each other, she is amazing. amazing, every moment in this, and only robin roberts could have disco balls on the iv stand next to her, i don't know if you saw it there. >> reporter: that's right. >> yes. be sure to watch tomorrow morning, because there will be a lot more on what happened today on "good morning america," with all her beloved friends there. and be sure to check in, as well, on abcnews.com. and coming up next, right here, what in the sky today got
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what happened next. >> reporter: among the 20 people left hanging at knott's berry farm, dona and jimmy garrison of baltimore. that's him waving and her holding on for dear life. she actually got on this ride because she's afraid of heights. you were hoping to conquer your fear? >> yes. >> reporter: what they didn't bargain for was that the wind seeker would get stuck, 300 feet up, for four excruciating hours. >> i tell you, the first hour was pretty rocky. i have panic attacks, so, you know, hyperventilate, i shake. >> so, here's where we are. let's try to laugh about it. >> he knew exactly how to hold my hand, what to say and encourage me to know that we're going to live to see another day. >> reporter: and you know what? it worked. as day turned into night, she actually started to relax. >> i got to see a sunset. it was nice. >> reporter: not quite the sunset you bargained for. >> i thought it would be on the ocean. >> reporter: now that they're all down, safe and sound, dona
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says she's cured. so you're no longer afraid of heights? >> i'm a lot better. a lot better. >> reporter: now you're afraid of amusement park rides. their new t-shirt says "i survived the wind seeker." you sure did. >> yes, we did. we survived it. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, knott's berry farm. and don't forget, "nightline" later on tonight. and, of course, "world news," right back here again tomorrow night. good night. tonight, international price fixing conspiracy, driving up the cost of tv and computer screens. coverage of a major development. >> also tonight a investigation a convicted fraud suspect facing prison time is nowhere to be found. >> we're live with a family as it marks a birthday of a
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teenager who was shot by police and they still have questions tonight about why. >> san francisco dirty secret. a distinction that could tarnish the reputation as a major u.s. travel destination. >> these two men have been declared responsible for a price fixing conspiracy. today in san francisco, they were ordered to shell out half a billion dollars to make amendments. -- amends. >> good evening, a judge sentenced two men to three years in prison and a huge fine mentioned for price fixing the cost of liquid crystal display screens. and now, details of the conspiracy. >> this is the largest criminal antitrust case ever prosecuted. the company sentenced today is by no means the only company that